Supreme Court will not block brand new Pennsylvania congressional map

A voter's sticker in front of the Liberty Bell as Americans head to the polls in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on election day November 8, 2016.

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A voter’s sticker in front of the Liberty Bell as Americans head to the polls in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on election day November 8, 2016.

The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a Republican request Monday to block Pennsylvania’s brand new congressional map.

The action deals a blow before the midterm elections to the GOP, which benefited by the previous state district map the party drew. Last month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court cast aside the state’s old map along with redrew its 18 congressional districts.

Under the brand new district map of which will likely be in place for November’s midterm elections, multiple Republican-held seats might become more competitive. Democrats expect gains from the state will help them win the 24 GOP-held seats needed to take a House majority.

Republicans from the state legislature opposing the map argued the Democrat-majority court unfairly drew the lines for partisan gain. Earlier Monday, a panel of federal judges in Pennsylvania also declined to block the map.

The state’s primary elections will take place May 15. Candidates are already from the process of working their way on to the primary ballot. Some who are seeking office could have found themselves in different districts depending on which map was in effect in November.

Several Pennsylvania districts previously held by Republicans are considered competitive later of which year under the brand new map. Strong special election performance by Democrats, most recently in southwestern Pennsylvania, along having a string of retirements has increased GOP worries about holding on to enough seats to keep a House majority.

Here are the expected battleground districts in Pennsylvania in November:

  • The 7th District, represented by outgoing GOP Rep. Patrick Meehan.
  • The 15th District, held by outgoing Republican Rep. Charlie Dent.
  • The 6th District, represented by GOP Rep. Ryan Costello, who reportedly has considered retirement.
  • The 8th District, held by Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick.
  • The 12th District, represented by GOP Rep. Keith Rothfus. Democrat Conor Lamb, the apparent winner in Pennsylvania’s 18th District special election last week, might run in of which district under the brand new congressional map.

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